Celebrating Ice Cream!

Celebrating Ice Cream!

Chelsea Fuller, Tioga County Dairy Princess. Provided photo.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. To help celebrate National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day, July 15, 2018, I am sharing some fun facts about ice cream.

Farmers in Vermont used to feed leftovers provided by Ben and Jerry’s to their hogs. The hogs did not seem to care for Mint Oreo Cookie flavor.

Eight-seven percent of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.

It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.

“Brain Freeze” occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth.

In the United States, all ice cream needs to have a minimum of 10 percent milk fat if it is to be labeled “ice cream.”

Nineteen percent of Americans say they eat ice cream in bed; three percent eat ice cream in the bathtub.

At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.

John Harrison, the official taste-tester for Dreyer’s Ice Cream has his tongue insured for $1 million.

Feb. 4 is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.

Ben and Jerry’s has a real physical graveyard in Vermont for retired ice cream flavors.

Did you know that 1/2-cup serving of regular vanilla ice cream is a source of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin A?

Buffalo, Two Rivers, Ithaca and Evanston all claim to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae.

It takes 12 gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

Immigrants at Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of the welcoming to America.

Americans celebrated the victory of WWII with ice cream. In 1946, Americans ate more than 20 quarts of ice cream per person; in 2011 the average person ate 48 pints of ice cream a year.

One out of five people share ice cream with their pets.

About nine of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream.

In 1985, the biggest sundae was made in California. It stood 12 feet tall and was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream. A 12-foot tall ice cream sundae could make about 70,000 regular sized sundaes. That’s a lot of ice cream!

Speaking of sundaes, join the Dairy Princess at Sundaes on the Farm on July 29. It will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Mead Farm, located at 24 Mead Rd. in Owego. Free Sundaes will be offered, as well as a chance to walk around a dairy farm and learn about agriculture in New York.

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